24th Feb 2016 Visit to the Cannon Street Station area

On a lovely sunny day we started off by looking at the steel exoskeleton of the station.

We then looked at the exoskeleton of the neighbouring 80 Cannon Street.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/daruma/2763188310/ has a good picture of this.
I have written the following letter to the agents BNP Paribas Real Estate:-

Dear Mr Edwards 

I am the group leader of the Havering U3A’s Modern London Group.

Yesterday we explored the Cannon Street Station area, which includes 60 Cannon Street. According the Skyscrapernew.com this 1976 building has an exoskeleton made of pipes designed to carry water to cool the building if there was a fire.  They also state “This is an idea which never caught on.”

We were wondering why the idea never caught on.  Has the building had maintenance problems?  Are the pipes still filled with water, and if they are is it still the original water?

We would be grateful for any information you could give us.

We followed a zig-zag course southwards towards the Thames, west along Upper Thames Street under the rail tracks and then down to the river where we saw the remains of the Victorian station built when the Hanseatic league sold the land to the railways.  We walked between the Victorian brick and a glass wall which reflected the brick. The glass wall is the eastern part of the Nomura headquarters, One Angel Lane, designed by Fletcher Priest Architects, reusing parts of a redundant international telephone exchange

https://www.architecture.com/FindAnArchitect/ArchitectPractices/FletcherPriestArchitectsLLP/Projects/OneAngelLane-131896.aspx and http://www.galvanizing.org.uk/be-inspired/commercial/one-angel-lane/
are some of the sites which discuss this interesting development.

A date for our diaries is the weekend of the 18th and 19th June 2016 when Nomura open the roof garden.  This provides produce for the staff canteen, and for staff to buy. It also has its own bee hives.  We can’t see the innovative interior, but we can notice the varied different types of glass developed for this building, and the dramatic shading on the river side.  If you ask the reception staff, they will let you see the model of the development.

Crossing over Upper Thames Street we went down a small lane and made a serendipitous discovery – a lovely little garden developed in 2010on the site of a St Swithin’s church which was destroyed during the war.  http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=COL101 tells us that the daughter of the Welsh hero Owain Glyndwr was buried there, and the sculpture in the garden is dedicated to her and to all women and children who have suffered in wars.